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Embassy of Iran, London

Embassy of Iran in London
Location South Kensington, London
Address 16 Prince's Gate, London, SW7 1PT
Ambassador N/A - closed

The Embassy of Iran in London is the diplomatic mission of Iran in the United Kingdom.[1] It is located in a terrace overlooking Hyde Park in South Kensington, Westminster, London, next to the embassy of Ethiopia.[2] Iran also maintains a Consular Section at 50 Kensington Court, South Kensington.[3]

The embassy was the location of the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege in which members of the Iranian-Arab nationalist group the Democratic Revolutionary Front for the Liberation of Arabistan seized the building for several days before being overrun by the SAS.[4] The embassy was severely damaged during the siege and did not re-open until 1993.[5] According to Dr Mir Ali Montazam, one-time first secretary at the embassy, the sale of artwork from the building played a key part in funding the Provisional IRA during the Troubles.[6]

Following the 2011 attack on the British Embassy in Iran the British government expelled all Iranian embassy staff and closed the embassy in protest, alleging government support for the attack.[7] Between 2011 and 2014, Iranian interests in the UK were represented by the Omani Embassy.[8] Anglo-Iranian relations have improved since the election of President Hassan Rouhani and the countries made plans to re-open the embassy.[9]

On February 20, 2014 the Embassy was restored and the two countries agreed to restart diplomatic relations.[10]

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  6. ^ Iran paid millions to fund IRA Adrian Levy and Anna Pukas. The Times , 21 Aug 1994
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